A very useful post over at Active History suggests some reading people can do if they want to put the Idle No More movement into a historical context.
This is an interesting, and good, idea though I wonder how much time people genuinely have for this kind of thing. That is, I spend a good chunk of my life reading and even I couldn't imagine fitting in some, let alone all, of these books. (Luckily, I've already read some of them)
I'd suggest, instead of the long and good list over at Active History, instead that folks read two (and perhaps three) books:
1) First, Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009). This is, as the folks at Active History say, probably the best book at linking the present and past together, at truly making the case for why history matters, and why Canadians ought to be aware about the legacy of broken treaty promises amongst other things.
2) But then I'd recommend reading something that doesn't make it onto the other list: Tom Flanagan's First Nations, Second Thoughts (Montreal: McGill-Queen's, 2000). This book runs counter to almost everything on the Active History list, and counter to the Idle No More movement. Flanagan, of course, aside form being a historian and political scientist, is also a Conservative and a former Harper adviser. And for that very reason, you can't understand the current Canadian situation without this book.
3) Finally, it's also worth thinking about how several thoughtful people responded to Flanagan. See Annis May Timpson, First Nations, First Thoughts: the Impact of Indigenous thought in Canada (Vancouver: UBC, 2009)
Alas, more reading. But even just the first two, when read in tandem, are a good start.